just finished reading it, it's an amazing book .... it summarizes the state of the world, especially the US. And it's not good.
"Hour after hour, day after day, week after week, we are bombarded with the cant and spectacle pumped out over the airways or over computer screens by highly-paid pundits, corporate advertisers, talk-show hosts, and gossip-fueled entertainment networks. And a culture dominated by images and slogans seduces those who are functionally literate but who make choice not to read. There have been other historical periods with high rate of illiteracy and vast propaganda campaigns. But not since the Soviet and fascists dictatorships, and perhaps the brutal authoritarian control of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, has the content of information been as skillfully and ruthlessly controlled and manipulated. Propaganda has become a substitute for ideas and ideology. Knowledge is confused with how we are made to feel. Commercial brands are mistaken for expressions of individuality. And in this precipitous decline of values and literacy, among those who cannot read and those who have given up reading, fertile ground for a new totalitarianism is being seeded."